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Religious difference, not ideology, will fuel this century’s epic battles

by Tony Blair, The Guardian:

The last weeks have seen a ghastly roll call of terror attacks in the obvious places: Syria, Libya, Iraq and Lebanon, as well as Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and Pakistan. Also suffering are places where we have only in recent years seen such violence: Nigeria, and in many parts of central Africa, in Russia and across central Asia, and in Burma, Thailand and the Philippines. We can either see all of these acts of killing as separate – produced by various political contexts – or we can start to see the clear common theme and start to produce a genuine global strategy to deal with it.

The fact is that, though of course there are individual grievances or reasons for the violence in each country, there is one thing self-evidently in common: the acts of terrorism are perpetrated by people motivated by an abuse of religion. It is a perversion of faith. But there is no doubt that those who commit the violence often do so by reference to their faith and the sectarian nature of the conflict is a sectarianism based on religion. There is no doubt either that this phenomenon is growing, not abating.

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2 comments to Religious difference, not ideology, will fuel this century’s epic battles

  • GP

    I thought it worth posting the most apposite comments on that article from the Guardian:
    “I see this blood-soaked war criminal is still hiding in plain sight.

    As for his sophistry, was it his and Bush’s extreme and perverted reading of the Bible that led them to launch an unprovoked attack on Iraq? Or was that just the ideological veneer over cynical self-interest?

    Religion might be the excuse for conflict, and even the ideological glue binding fighters to leaders, but it is rarely the root cause.”

    Says it all.


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